World Toilet Day (WTD) founded in 2001 has been recognised by International and civil society organizations all over the world for quite some time. However, it was not officially recognised by the UN until 2013. WTD is a day devoted to recognising the importance of hygiene and celebrating the evolution of sanitary innovations and services.
WTD also draws attention to the plight of people in developing countries that do not have access to a toilet, despite clean running water and adequate sanitation being cited as a basic human right. Of the seven billion people in the world, 2.5 billion do not have improved sanitation; with 1 billion people still having to defecate in the open. This infringes on human health as well as dignity. Women and girls are at a heightened risk of sexual assault, as they wait until night falls to go to the toilet. This is simply down to the lack of access to a toilet that offers them privacy.
Equality and dignity are the themes of this years WTD. This year’s WTD campaign aims to inspire, and take action to end open defecation and raise enough money to improve sanitation, reduce assault and violence to women and girls. Where toilets do exist, they remain inadequate for those with special needs such as the elderly and disabled. They are also inadequate for women and girls requiring facilities to manage menstrual hygiene. Without accessible toilets for these populations, they remain excluded from opportunities to attend school and gain employment.
Last year the WTD organization provided 2.9 million people with toilets, that’s nearly 8,000 people gaining access to a safe, clean and private toilet every single day. Improved sanitation has huge economic benefits. For every pound invested in sanitation and water, there's a return of around £4. Health is improved, fewer days are lost to sickness and children (especially girls), stay on at school longer.
World Toilet Day as you can see is a very worthy cause and you too can show your support and donate by clicking here